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Class 6: Traveling the Old World

TASTING: Rioja Reserva and Chianti Classico

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Before you start the tasting:

  1. Fill in the top portion of the Tasting Journal.

  2. Pull the corks from your two bottles of wine. Pour each wine into a separate glass, filling each glass about 1/3 full.

  3. To remember which glass is which, you might want to place the two glasses side-by-side, keeping the Rioja on the left and the Chianti on the right. In each section of the tasting, we'll evaluate the Rioja first and the Chianti second.

Fill in all the sections of your Tasting Journal, even if the section isn't covered in the tasting. The remaining prompts...

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